The Essentials

Chinese American. Born and raised in LA. Not as young as before. Night owl. Can sleep anywhere. Loves to debate, must win. Plays tennis. Plays basketball. Often takes the airball roadshow to the Bay. Is a value-oriented foodie. Hangs out in the galley on long-haul flights. Loves public transportation. Strange affection for stuffed animals. And shopping. Blames it on sisters. Musicals too. Music in general. Dances, but no ballroom. Reads a lot, collects books. National Geographic fan. Chronic over-packer. Does not drink alcohol, but coffee, tea, and hot water like a camel. Wanderer of the world. Dreamer and realist. Would love to be creative, but is lacking much needed talent. Loves singing, but jury is out on true tone-deafness. Verbose. Can't you tell?

The Locations

Life. Los Angeles. Born and raised. Berkeley. Mental and spiritual growth. Santa Monica. Soul-crushing. Beijing. Wandering as profession, introduction to bureaucracy. Hong Kong. A weekend away with my love. Budapest. Old world new in my eyes. Lund. Go north young man.

Look. Ever changing, ever increasing. 2000. Hong Kong, Cebu (Philippines), Bali, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Macau. 2001. Maui. 2002. Mongolia. 2003. Alaska, Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, Lassen, Redwoods. 2006. Sichuan. 2007. Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce, Cambodia, Myanmar, Hungary, Austria, England, Wales. 2008. Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Arctic Circle, the Netherlands, France. 2009. Morocco, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Yosemite, Death Valley. 2010. Vietnam, Manila (Philippines), Oahu, Dubai, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, India.

List. Desire still burns. Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Egypt, Namibia, Madagascar, Seychelles, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Jordan.

The Tops

2009
Muse Cities: San Francisco, Hong Kong
Cities I Admire: Tokyo, London, New York City, Rome
Recent Singers I Like: John Legend, Adele, Corinne Bailey Rae, Chrisette Michele, Melanie Fiona
Favorite Food: Chinese (of course)
Good Authors: Barbara Kingsolver, Arturo Perez-Reverte, Tolkien, James Clavell
Camera Equipment: Canon Digital Rebel XSI, 18-55mm IS Stock, 55-250mm IS Zoom, EF 50mm 1.8 II
Favorite TV Shows: Friday Night Lights, Modern Family, Fringe, Chuck
Current Clothing Infatuation: Eddie Bauer outdoor stuff
Favorite Stores: Amazon, REI, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target

“The roads that lead into our future are often shrouded in mists of uncertainty; it's up to us to overcome our fear of the unknown and plunge ahead, with faith that our chosen paths lead us to where we are meant to be.”

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